AUTHOR: Kieran Burke – @Kieran_B_Sport.
Bray Wanderers enter their centenary year with an entirely new look following the takeover of the club by Cabinteely at the end of last year, but there will still be plenty of familiar faces at the Carlise Ground in 2022. Legendary head coach, Pat Devlin is back at the helm and he’s brought a chunk of his players from Cabinteely with him while returning to their former club are Hughie Douglas, Dean Zambra, and Kieran “Marty” Waters to name but a few.
“Devo” shouldn’t have to worry about a lack of options this season with Bray Wanderers building one of the most beefed up squads in the country, but it is surprising that they didn’t manage to hold on to Dylan Barnett and Ryan Graydon, who will undoubtedly strengthen potential play-off rivals Longford Town.
Bray Wanderers did manage to strike a damaging blow against Longford by poaching their top marksman, Rob Manley who knows Pat Devlin well from his time at “Cabo.”
It should be remembered though, Cabinteely finished second bottom last season and Bray Wanderers have signed a lot of those players. While that may be a too simplistic outlook to base any 2022 predictions on, it’s difficult to see the Seagulls competing at the very top end of the division next season with the business they’ve done.
The beauty of the second-tier is almost everyone has a chance of being in the play-offs shake-up come the end of the year and Bray Wanderers will be hoping they are one of the teams in the frame.
BTS PREDICTION: Play-offs
STAR PERFORMER: Rob Manley
ONE TO WATCH: Callum Thompson (With a run of games he could get back to his best).